Quote Weaving- Use a quotation in a sentence to express your own ideas.
“The thing is- fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream”
-Fear can’t hurt you
-The thing you fear can
-People act on fear
-It’s all in your head
The boys try to tell themselves “fear can’t hurt” them but…..
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true wise friend called piggy”
-Ralph is finally allowed to bleed all the anxieties out of his system.
-He has tried so hard to survive and be a good leader but he has been putting his child like things behind him
Finally understanding what he had, “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true wise friend called piggy” Piggy was a friend that he couldn’t forget…
“You got your small fire alright- The boys were falling still and silent, feeling the beginnings of awe at the power set free below them”
-Piggy points out that the island has been set on fire
-They feel like they have developed power for the first time in their lives.
Becoming island arsonists “feeling the beginnings of awe at the power set free below them” a little craziness is a light inside them, its a loss of innocence.
Elements in the text that represent something greater
The Conch Shell
The novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding uses a conch shell as an important object to convey other symbolic meanings. The story begins with two characters meeting on a beach after a plane crash, Ralph and Piggy. Together they find the conch shell on the beach at the beginning of the novel and from this point it begins to hold a glorious amount of symbolic power. “We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they here us-” As it is first used to call the scattered boys around the island its a symbol of law and order. It shows the power of who’s the elected and whom shall speak, the boys refer this to the “rule of the conch”. The absence of parents who can govern and look after the boys falls with the conch and the leader who holds it.
The governing the shell does is used at the general assemblies taken each morning and night or when necessary. Whoever holds the conch at the meeting then has the right to speak. The power that it perceives to have first shows when the children vote for ralph to be chief. ” Him with the shell! … Let him be chief with the trumpet thing!” this shows that everybody thinks that leadership, power and responsibility comes from the conch.
It doesn’t only act as a symbol of law and order but it actually obtains a political legitimacy and democratic power as a small island civilisation may begin to form, “Till the going gets gone- anon”.
Symbolism: Choose the symbols and write about them
-How is it described/introduced into the text
-How is it “used”
-Find quotes where it is mentioned
-What ideas does it convey?
- The conch is used as an orderly thing to call upon the boys for meetings
Civilisation- Fragile civil/social devision, Power, Survival
Characters Relating to Power:
Jack- Jack is the head choirmaster and ‘head boy’ at his school and the he lands on the island he as seen as a strong leader. But Jack represents more than just power he shows through a dark evil force or side of human nature with violence. He beholds the very militaristic style of leading the group.
Appearance: Fair hair, Male, Young, Taller than Piggy, Past childhood with a boxer’s body
Origins: Democracy, Reason, Order
Relationships: with Piggy (intellect and reason): Co-operative relationship, with Jack (evil): Competitive/rival
Appearance: “Within the diamond haze of the beach, something dark was fumbling along.”- Foreshadowing “Floating coat, tall, thin, bony, hair red beneath a black hat”
Origins: Evil, selfishness, Purist of power